So many indie bands, so many self-produced CDs, so very few songs that stick in your head. The surprise of Homunculus’ Words is not that the opening cut, “Here and There,” is immediately captivating; it’s that the second cut, “Cocoon,” keeps the vibe going—but in an unexpected, though still satisfying, direction. And damn if the third and fourth tracks don’t continue the ear seduction. Sure, Cut 6, “Wild West,” sounds a bit too much like a lost track from Pretzel Logic—not that that’s a bad thing. In fact, Words is one of those rare discs worthy of punching the Repeat/All button. Formed in Bloomington, Ind., the guitar-bass-drums-keyboards group clearly has careerist intentions—which have been rewarded with a “grant” from Jim Beam. And, if all goes according to plan, Words will be rereleased before summer on the new label Howling Records, an outfit with serious industry connections. Fill your ears with catchy tunes when Homunculus plays with Darediablo and Ringsend at 10 p.m. at the Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 588-9118. (Dave Nuttycombe)

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